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Skytop Lodge Invests $3.7 Million In ‘Refresh’ Of Guest Rooms And Main Areas

July 01, 2015

Historic resort positioned for growth as it celebrates its 87th birthday

SKYTOP, PA. (JULY 1, 2015)—Skytop Lodge has recently made significant investments in upgrades to its guest rooms and main public areas—a key area of focus for the resort’s president and general manager this year to mark the resort’s 87th birthday.

A $3.7 million makeover of all 192 guest rooms includes enhancements to the rooms’ design aesthetics utilizing the history of the hotel and the flavor of the early 1930s era. Guest amenities and in-room technology were also upgraded. The Pine Room lobby and library are being refreshed to accentuate the original woodwork. The final touches of this property-wide update are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

In order to enhance the guest experience and position the 5,500-acre iconic resort for continued excellence, Skytop Lodge President and General Manager Douglas Hustad says those investments allow the vision of the new and improved Skytop Lodge to become a reality while staying true to the resort’s rich history. “There is nothing more important to me and our team than the authentic experience each and every guest has when they step foot on our property and the memories they take home with them when they leave,” he said. “That experience is dictated by everything from the design of our guest rooms to the personalized service they receive throughout our resort.”

Pulling from local history and tradition, each newly remodeled guest room has been designed to tell the Skytop Lodge story. With three room designs (Water, Garden and Mountain), the color palette and design elements of each room reflect the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains. Each guest room includes a hand-painted wall covering signed by the artist, Ann McGuire.

  •      WATER: Inspired by the Indian Ladder Falls, these rooms incorporate blue and gray hues as well as original paintings by Ann McGuire.
  •      GARDEN: Inspired by the original 1927 landscape design of the Olmsted brothers who designed Skytop Lodge’s gardens, these rooms are bathed in muted tones with a nod to the local topography.
  •      MOUNTAIN: Using the deep red hue of the beloved West Mountain as inspiration, these rooms look out on expansive mountain views and incorporate rugged lines and hand-painted wall art.

Each newly refurbished guest room features classic furniture inspired by the 1930s era as well as updates to the bathrooms, with more shelving, countertop space and brighter lighting. In-room safes were added to each guest room, as were new “smart” TVs, bedside lamps and additional USB/outlet chargers. Suites are designed after iconic, historical figures who were instrumental in Skytop’s famed history, such as Samuel Packer, the resort’s first general manager; Harold “Mini” Callaway, the property’s original golf pro; and celebrated American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for designing Central Park and whose sons later created Skytop Lodge’s landscape design.

“It was important that we stayed true to our rich history when we began this project,” said Hustad, who drew on his own experience managing rooms for several Ritz-Carlton properties, the Peabody Memphis Hotel and Biltmore Estate, which was named among the top 150 resorts in the world by Travel + Leisure. “We didn’t want to look like we updated the rooms for the sake of updating them. Our decisions and choices were very thoughtful and true to our history, because it is important that we deliver the authentic Skytop experience every step of the way.”

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MEETINGS FOCUS VOTES SKYTOP LODGE AS BEST OF THE EAST 2013 WINNER.

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TRAVEL + LEISURE NAMES SKYTOP LODGE AS ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS

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RESORTS AND LODGES NAMES SKYTOP LODGE AS NORTH AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE LUXURY LODGE

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